January  2011                                                                                                                   Forward to a Friend

Peaceful Playgrounds Play Nice! Newsletter

Top Ten Activities for Indoor Recess
Rainy/Snow Day Fun.
Rainy/Snow Day Fun Activities

I remember well the dreaded "rainy days" at school. My staff often got as frustrated as the students with indoor activities or a general lack of activities when days of rain held students and staff captive indoors for extended periods of time.

With the emphasize on physical activity  the National Association of Sport and Physical Education, created a reference list of resources designed for indoor activities for getting kids active called Integrating Physical Activity into the Complete School Day.

Click to review the  activities that make up my "top ten" list and could be used for  indoor recess or physical education activities on inclement days.

Update: Parents in California Can Sue District for not
Kids Lanier Recess
Physical Education
Providing Physical Eduction

Last month we wrote in this newsletter about a California Court that ruled that parents may sue a school or district that is not providing students the minimum amount of physical education mandated by state law.  On Nov. 30, 2010 a decision by the 3rd District California Court of Appeal in a unanimous decision concluded section 51210, subdivision (g), imposes a mandatory duty on school districts to include in an adopted course of study for grades one to six physical education for a total period of not less than 200 minutes each 10 schooldays," according to the appellate court.  More on the case:  Doe v. Albany Unified School District.

Peaceful Playgrounds on Facebook

You may be wondering what we do with all the great photos that people send us on their painting days and finished playground design.  We are now posting them to our new Facebook page. 

We are also using the wall to list grant opportunities as the become available and winners in the PP U.S. Playground Map Contest.

The photo gallery has some great "in-progress" painting examples showing taping off the markings and using the roll out stencils.

While you're there why not click the "Like" button at the top of the page or "Friend" us to join our online community to keep-up-to-date on new posts.

Winter Olympians speak out on  Fair Play

Play Fair Matters Seven winter Olympians talk about why Fair Play Matters in  new PSA's about playing clean and competing for self and country. Athletes today can take short cuts yet many don't.  Hear what the athletes say about integrity, family, love of sport,  country, legacy and health.  Check out the compete clean campaign and join in.

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Grant Writing Tips
Stencil Giveaway

Enter your school today in the Learn to Play U.S. Playground Map Stencil Giveaway. The beautiful geographically and proportionately accurate educational map stencil is 16 feet by 27 feet and extends the classroom curriculum to recess and outdoor play. History and geography comes alive with the games and activities included in the stencil set.
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